Category Archives: Virtualisation

VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) – How to Configure NTP

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I’ve been working with VMware vSphere 6.5 recently on a few projects and had to make some minor tweaks to the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) to configure NTP and time synchronization. Here is a quick guide on how to change the NTP settings.

The change can’t be made from logging into the normal vCenter Server Appliance web client you would use for managing the cluster, you have to log directly into the vCenter appliance.

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VMware ESXi Server Build Numbers

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I’ve been doing a fair bit of VMware patching recently so thought it would be useful to highlight the current and past versions of ESXi and how to check which version you are running. The latest version is 6.5 released 15th November, 2016. Since then there have been a few patches.

Below is a snapshot of the current versions as of 22 March 2017.

As with any new software test in a development environment first before upgrading to a new major version, let others lead the way on the bleeding edge and wait for Patch 1 to be released.

Version 6.5
Version 6.0
Version 5.5
Version 5.1
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How to check the last time an ESXi host booted

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I was investigating some VM issues recently, and needed to find out when an ESXi host last rebooted to see if I could correlate logs with events to discover the source of the issue.

There are a few of easy ways to find out the last time an ESXi host booted, there are probably more, but these should be enough for a quick check. Continue reading

Free ebooks: Windows 10 IT Pro Essentials, Microsoft Azure Essentials and SharePoint Hybrid

Having taken a sabbatical over the summer I’m back and have a little bit of catching up to do! In my absence Microsoft Press have been busy this summer with a number of free ebooks which look like they will be really useful to the seasoned IT professional. Continue reading

How to resolve VMware Workstation “The network bridge on device ‘VMnet0’ is not running”

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So I turned on my test SBS 2011 server today to test out the latest Exchange Update Rollup and was greeted by an VM  that was hanging on startup. Looking into the issue more closely the virtual network adapter was disconnected and when I tried to select ‘connect’ I received the following error message:

The network bridge on device ‘VMnet0’ is not running. The virtual machine will not be able to communicate with the host or with other machines on your network. Failed to connect virtual device ‘Ethernet0’.

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Veeam Availability Suite 9 New Feature: Standalone console

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Last week Veeam released the latest version of the Veeam Availability Suite v9. Over the course of the next few weeks I’ll be looking at some of the new features included in the latest release, and to kick off I’ll take a look at the Standalone console.

Veeam have added many ground breaking features to the product; Scale-out Backup Repository, Bitlooker, EMC Snapshot integration, Direct NFS Access, ROBO enhancements, Tape enhancements, Veeam Explorer for Oracle, Cloud Connect Replication, and Standalone console to name just a few of them.

But after upgrading our Veeam Cloud Connect infrastructure the first thing I tried was the Standalone console. If you are a Managed Service Provider or Value Added Reseller, then the convenience of being able to launch a local Veeam Backup & Replication console from your desktop to connect to a remote Backup & Replication server will save so much time if you have to manage a large number of clients backup infrastructures. Continue reading

Veeam Backup and Replication v8 Update 3 with support for Windows 10 VMs

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A few days ago Veeam released Update 3 for the latest version of their Backup and Replication software.

The update includes full support for Windows 10 VMs and support for VMware vSphere v6.0 Update 1. See the Knowledge base article kb2068 for a list of fixes and enhancements.

This is great timing for me as I’ve just deployed a Windows 10 VM to our Hyper-V infrastructure and came up against the error message:

“Task failed Error: Wrong IP address The following Msvm_KvpExchangeDataItem.Name keys are deprecated: NetworkAddressIPv4, NetworkAddressIPv6, RDPAddressIPv4, and RDPAddressIPv6. Please configure guest IP addresses using Msvm_GuestNetworkAdapterConfiguration.” Continue reading